UK coronavirus live: England has 'reached the limit' of lockdown easing, says Whitty


Face coverings to be made mandatory in more indoor settings in England; government criticised for ‘shockingly short notice’ lockdown before Eid

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A further 120 Covid-associated fatalities have been recorded, according to today’s update on the government’s coronavirus data dashboard. That brings the government’s tally to 46,119.

However, there is a caveat to about this data, as my colleague Andrew Sparrow writes:

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Reacting to the prime minister’s peerage nominations, Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, said:

This list of new peers marks a lost opportunity to reduce numbers in the House of Lords.

The result will be that the House will soon be nearly 830 strong – almost 200 greater than the House of Commons.

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